Fam­ily ral­lies to sup­port­mum with melanoma

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

The fam­ily of a mum bat­tling melanoma are help­ing raise vi­tal funds for a po­ten­tially life-sav­ing med­i­ca­tion.

Kate Moetaua, nee Glover, orig­i­nally from Blen­heim, is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for ad­vanced skin can­cer, melanoma.

But the un­funded med­i­ca­tion comes at a crip­pling fi­nan­cial cost to the young fam­ily.

Her Marl­bor­ough-based fam­ily and friends have or­gan­ised a spe­cial fam­ily day out at Dog Point Vine­yard in a bid to help raise money.

Or­gan­is­ers say the Walk for Kate event is be­ing or­gan­ised in the hope the com­mu­nity can rally to­gether to help Kate, her hus­band and three girls with costs while she is un­able to work as a teacher.

Par­ents Wendy and Owen Glover from Marl­bor­ough say they have been ‘‘hum­bled by the love and sup­port’’ shown to the fam­ily.

‘‘Owen and I are very hum­bled by the love and sup­port we have been given by our fam­ily, friends and the wider com­mu­nity since our daugh­ter Kate’s ill­ness.

‘‘It is such a wor­ry­ing time and we re­mem­ber also the other fam­i­lies who have or are go­ing through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with their loved ones.

‘‘She re­ally is a most pos­i­tive, mar­vel­lous per­son, and the car­ing mes­sages re­ceived re-it­er­ate how much she is loved by her fam­ily, friends and stu­dents,’’ says Wendy.

The for­mer Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege stu­dent grew up in Marl­bor­ough at­tend­ing Grove­town, Ra­paura and Bo­hally In­ter­me­di­ate Schools.

She is Head of Drama at Wakatipu High in Queen­stown but is off work while un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Dog Point Vine­yard won the Supreme Award and the land­scape and habi­tat en­hance­ment cat­e­gory at the 2017 Cawthron Marl­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment Awards.

Vine­yard own­ers have opened up the walk­ing tracks and a pic­nic area for the fundrais­ing bid.

Par­tic­i­pants can bring along a pic­nic or sup­port the sausage siz­zle, cof­fee cart or Mr Whippy while lis­ten­ing to live mu­sic. All pro­ceeds will go to­wards Kate’s treat­ment costs.

‘‘We are very grate­ful to our good friends at Dog Point Vine­yard for or­gan­is­ing the Walk for Kate.

‘‘It is an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a walk through their sub­stan­tial na­tive plant­ings which en­hance the Mill Stream area on their prop­erty.

‘‘The walk is go­ing ahead rain or shine, un­less con­di­tions are im­pos­si­ble, so hope­fully they get a beau­ti­ful Marl­bor­ough day,’’ says Wendy.

Walk for Kate takes place on Sun­day be­tween 11am and 3pm at the Dog Point Vine­yard main gate at 797 New Ren­wick Road.

There will be a large sign at the gate to mark the en­trance. The carpark is a 2km walk from the pic­nic site and or­gan­is­ers ask peo­ple to bring com­fort­able walk­ing shoes.

The cost is $20 per per­son and chil­dren are free. En­try by cash only.

For fur­ther event in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mar­garet Suther­land by email on e.marg@dog­point.co.nz or call 021 731 723.

DAVID JAMES PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The Walk for Kate will take place in the pic­turesque sur­round­ings of Dog Point Vine­yard.

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